Cosmetics & the Carcinogens.

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Cosmetics & the Carcinogens.

So what is a carcinogen?

“A carcinogen is any substance that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer. This may be due to the ability to damage the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes”.

First I want to touch down on why it is important to care about all this. Well..Did you know that we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin?
This list will contain compounds that can cause an array of health issues. Sadly these chemicals can be found in our everyday beauty products.

Here are 5 to stay clear of:

  • FD & C Color & Pigments-Synthetic colors from coal tar contains heavy metal salts that deposit toxins in skin causing  skin sensitivity and irritation . Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen and death.

  • DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monothanolamine) & TEA (Triethanolamine)-This foam booster is a skin and eye irritant. Easily absorbed though the skin causing it to accumulate in body organs and the brain.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)-Used in car washes, garage floor cleaner, engine degreasers and is in 90% of personal care products that foam. This causes eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, skin irritation and even death.

  • PEG (Polythylene Glycol)-Dangerous levels of dioxin have been found in personal care, baby care and sunscreens because of this ingredient.

  • DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl)-These are two preservatives that release formaldehyde which causes joint pain, cancer, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and insomnia.

Now stop everything…Walk up to your favorite beauty products…Pick it up…Check out that ingredient list!
Are you safe?


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